3 Things that Will Help Better Your Streamer Game – by Chad Johnson | RIO

Dally’s head guide Chad Johnson put Barry Annalora onto this 30″ White River brown trout, last month

Three tips from our head guide Chad “Mississippi” Johnson to make you a better streamer fisher over on the RIO Products blog. Chad is a RIO guide and our streamer guides predominately use RIO sinking lines.

Chad’s article will take your streamer fishing from being a person who just casts 8″ streamers to one who really fishes big streamers for trophies

Check it out over on the RIO blog.





TEST cast the new Sage rods, tune up your old rod and you could be in the running to win a new Sage BOLT fly rod on October 3 & 4.

In addition to our normal FFF SOC Fly Fishing Fair events this year we will be hosting a Sage, Rio and Redington’s Roadshow Trailer at the flyshop in Cotter. Here you will be able to cast the BOLT, MOD and PULSE rods, and check out the new RIO fly lines and other products.

We are also offering free rod tune-up sessions. Bring along your favorite 5wt, or 6wt and you will be able to trial different RIO fly lines to find out which suits your casting action and the rod action. Looking for better presentation, a better performance in the wind or simply easier can we can help you out.

Pick up your entry form at the Sage, Rio Redington booth or the Dally’s booth at the Fly Fishing Fair (or print out the one above) and take it to Darin at the Trailer to get entered for the new BOLT. This $650 fast action rod is all about line speed. We think the 8wt is going to be a great addition to our streamer rod lineup, the 6wt is a hot stick for smallmouth, hopper fishing and the spring bass runs.



JUMP on these great deals on these discontinued Sage reels, rods, boat bags and Redington waders and boots.

The sale on Click Reels, TXL-F rods, technical waist packs and Redington mens Palix wader and boots and women’s Willow wader and boots kicks off with our Demo Day Friday afternoon when we will have the Sage, Rio and Redington team in town. We will have snacks and drinks available and get to cast, pat or checkout the range.

Darin and Steve will also be talking about the new additions to the Sage Range which are coming in the secod half of the year, plus the existing models. The guys will be setting up their trailer and tent out the front of the store on Friday around 2pm and staying through 6pm.

Test The New Sages At The Fly Fishing Fair


SWING BY the Dally’s Ozark Fly Fisher or Sage booths at the Fly Fishing Fair next week and try out the hottest new Sage rods, the SALT and ACCEL rods, and Grace outfits.

The new SALT is a really muscular stick, despite its light feel, that isn’t going to back down in the face of coastal winds, and powerful fish. We are looking forward to strapping one of these up with an Outbound Short Type 6 line and one of the new 8” plus streamers we have been working on since summer to go chase some big brown trout.

The ACCEL is a real revelation, a deliciously smooth, lightweight modern rod without an $800 price tag. Using technology one generation backwards, and some sweet tapers there is a lot to love about the ACCEL. There are some particularly sweet rods for our fishing, the 5wts for all around fishing, the 8wt for streamers and the 6wt is getting a lot of attention from our crew as our next hopper rod.

The Grace series comes in 2 models an 8wt and a 5wt, and is an eye popping pic, from the rod and reel case to the Rio Gold line and the 3200 series reel and rod itself. But it’s not all about the Pink, though this will be high on the list of buying decisions. I really dig the 8’6” rod 5wt, while the 9’ 8wt I’m going to be playing with next week. I know someone who is a pink fan and who needs her own 8wt. SHHHH.

We  also will have a bunch of the new Intouch low stretch flylines you can also check out  _ the Intouch Gold, Grand and Xtreme Indicator_ we have been running these all summer on our own and on guide rods. They are at their best when you need feel on the hookup: soft hackles, buggers, streamers, plus they are lethal on dry fly hookups.

The big question of course, would the low stretch result in more breakoffs on our standard 5x rigs with our fly fishers. The answer pleasantly was none.

The Intouch Xtreme Indicator might the best line for bobbers and nymphing I’ve used, and Ben and I have really notice newcomers to the fly rod really getting results off this line. The taper really turns over nicely, powerfully but without the clunkiness I’ve found on indicator lines in the past. I’m not sure the low stretch has as much advantage in nymphing situations as say bugger fishing, but we’ve caught a lot of fish on it.

These are definitely worth looking at.


October on the Missouri

Rio’s John Harden with a 22” streamer caught ‘bow


The Missouri River around Craig, Montana, has been on my bucket list for a while now. Its wide, beautifully set and a dry fly haven.

As I’d come to find out planning for this trip, with the Rio crew of Simon Gawesworth; Aaron Stiney and John Harden, plus 3 other Rio dealers from across the country, its considered pretty good streamer water too. Though they do approach it a little differently than we approach it.

The afternoon Baetis hatches were fun though it took me a while to settle down on the hook set, after pitching hoppers for a couple of months and for the sheer fun of it all.

It was also a hoot getting to fish with spey guru and good friend Simon Gawesworth: we have sledged each other over various sports particularly cricket and rugby in the nature of Aussies and the English, for a decade and yet had never shared any water time.  Stay tuned for news an awesome weekend with Simon in 2014.

After plenty of tales from mutual friends from Wisconsin and Michigan, I also drew a day in a boat with Schultzy from Schultz Outfitters in Ann Arbor. He’s good people and if you are up that way you could do plenty worse then get onto his smallie waters.

Schultzy and I had a day pitching meat, big stuff and proved it would work. I had no shame in pinching one of his versions of the Tommy Lynch DDD to nail a good brown.

Having established a some contacts, the Missouri is one place I really want to head back to with a group from the shop. Mark Raisner and his crew at Headhunters are awesome, I’ve got a cook and place in mind to stay with a great view of the river, who’s in?

Hope you enjoy the pics

Mike Kuhner and Simon Gawesworth with a Missouri dry fly brown

Your view next fall _ Aaron Stiney on a favorite flat

Schultzy dry fly rainbow

well taken care of

Not the Ozarks

afternoon head hunting

Kuhnert and Gawesworth with a sweet dry fly ‘bow

mouthful of meat



Excellent article over on the Gink and Gasoline Blog about fly line care, the why’s and hows. The article, with video, also give a nice plug to one of our favorite but undersung additions this season _ the Rio Fly Line Cleaning Towelette.

This year, RIO came out with an economical fly line cleaning towelette (one towelette per package $0.95) that’s small enough to stow just about anywhere, costs under a buck, and works great for quick fly line cleaning on the water.  I like this product because I can pack several of the pre-packaged towelettes in my pack and I don’t have to remember to pack a bottle of fly line cleaner and a cleaning cloth _ Kent Klewein Gink & Gasoline

With our lime-rich water we often get complaints about the tips of lines not floating and this is a quick and easy way to stay in the game. Look for the fishbowl on the counter.

The Perception is a Suprise

One of the Perception’s victims

RIO’S new Perception line had a fairly low key midsummer release and while I’m only been running mine a few weeks I’m already getting superstitious about it.

A few things you will notice immediately 3 color system and the running line. Its not a sharkskin where the texture is part of the design. rather  the coating applied over that low stretch core doesn’t fill in all the gaps and be super smooth like most Rio lines.  I like the way it casts _ running a WF6F on 9′ 6wt Sage One _ for hoppers. Haven’t had a chance to indicator fish it yet but I’m definitely digging it for the hopper bite, you get a much more direct connect when you stick a fish

I’ve had a lot of guys in my boat using this rig and its way easier to deal with the bigger terrestrials than the 5wt they are bringing along _ in part you can account for that with the step up in rod weight.

A couple of times I did remark on the hookup rate of my fly fishers running about 90% on dry fly eats, pretty high for this sort of fishing, but put it down to their good karma. Then I swapped lines on that rod back to another Rio (having a couple of novices in the boat) and ran that for a week including for some good fly fishers. Hookup rate plummeted, one day it was like one in 4 on a red letter day with a lot of smaller browns dialing in on terrestrials under the trees. Now on dry fly eats there’s lots of margin for human error so I’m not bold enough to say its going to give you a 90% hook up rate.

But the thought there could be a real edge there in hookup rate, plus the fact this line was used on 2 of 3 two- footers, has the Perception back on that six weight.

We have line weight 4-5-6 in stock right now $84.95